Friday, January 29

Bananas

Director: Woody Allen

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066808/

Review: Absolutely light and silly but lots of fun and laughs.

Rent it if: You think the Scary Movie films are funny. (they're not)

And if you liked: Sleeper, Young Frankenstein, The Naked Gun

Tuesday, January 26

Nosferatu

Director: F.W. Murnau

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013442/

Review: Quite long and slow but full of haunting imagery and incredibly original design.

Rent it if: You claim to like vampire movies.

And if you liked: Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari

Sunday, January 24

Freaks

Director: Tod Browning

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022913/

Review: Brilliant and gripping in just about every way.

Rent it if: You can deal with a slow burner.

And if you liked: The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari, Edward Scissorhands

Thursday, January 21

Outland

Director: Peter Hyams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082869/

Review: Has a few Hollywood clichés but also has a great claustrophobic atmosphere and amazing set pieces.

Rent it if: You like a good bit of 80s sci-fi.

And if you liked: 2010, Alien, Event Horizon

Wednesday, January 20

Bad Boy Bubby

Director: Rolf de Heer

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106341/

Review: Gluing atmosphere with an absolutely mesmerizing central performance.

Rent it if: You're not conservative.

And if you liked: Oldboy, Being There, Bronson

Saturday, January 16

Slumdog Millionaire

Director: Danny Boyle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/

Review: Very nicely shot and it's enjoyable enough but very predictable and cliché at parts.

Rent it if: You somehow missed it like me.

And if you liked: Pffft, I don't know

Check this out: Q&A

Friday, January 15

The Road

Director: John Hillcoat

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0898367/

Review: Bleak and stark but very intimate and visually amazing.

Go see it if: You're not depressed in any way.

And if you liked: Fallout 3, Dawn of the Dead, The Mist, Children of Men

Check this out: The Road

Added cult bonus: Michael K. Williams

Friday, January 8

Doctor Who

Director: Geoffrey Sax

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116118/

Review: Very dated and cheesy with a decent central performance but very little else going for it.

Rent it if: You're curious.

And if you liked: Doctor Who, Are You Afraid of the Dark? (both on TV)

Tuesday, January 5

Capricorn One

Director: Peter Hyams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077294/

Review: Really good paranoid thriller with a genius plot premise that turns into a bit of a rescue adventure towards the end but still manages to hold attention.

Rent it if: You can handle a nice slow pace to a film.

And if you liked: 2010, Michael Clayton

Friday, January 1

2010

Director: Peter Hyams

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086837/

Review: Decent science fiction with a strong atmosphere even if it doesn't fully match up to its predecessor.

Rent it if: You're not expecting 2001 standard, but still want a good film.

And if you liked: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, Blade Runner

Check this out: 2010: Odyssey Two